TOLEDO, Ohio — Along the Maumee River, at Orleans Park, a group of volunteers from the Garden Club of Perrysburg linked up with Partners for Clean Streams to give back on Earth Day.
They lined this section of the Maumee River, a popular fishing spot for some. There's usually some debris left over, so they made sure to help keep it out of the water.
"Think it's a really great idea to keep all the fishing line and plastic bottles and a lot of trash that's left behind to keep it out of the waters to keep our water clean. Because it's really important for the fish and for our health too," said Kim Frazier, Conservation Chair of the Country Garden Club of Perrysburg.
The group thought it was important to clean up around the Maumee because it's a very popular spot in town, and of course it feeds to Lake Erie which is where the area gets its drinking water.
The volunteers spent a couple hours picking up fishing lines, cigarette butts, and whatever else may have been out there, and made sure to keep track of what they found with a list. The group thought this was a good way to connect themselves with the water.
"I think it really gets people connected to the river. It helps them feel a sense of ownership and pride in taking care of it. And it's something you can do on your own, it's something you can do with a volunteer group or a service group. It really makes a tangible difference that you can see right away," said Kris Patterson, Executive Director of Partners for Clean Stream.
After the volunteers finished up, they weighed what they had collected and it came out to a total of around 37 pounds. They're hoping this will lead to more groups coming out more frequently to help clean up around the river, and around the area.
If you'd like to get involved you can head over to the website, partnersforcleanstreams.org.